It was quite a few years ago now when my husband said that he would like a new music system. He has always liked his music and we did already have a record player. However the record player wasn't in great condition and it was very bulky. Also vinyl records were really becoming a thing of the past and my husband wanted a decent CD player.
But we had and still have hundreds of vinyl singles and albums dating back to the 1970s and my husband insists that vinyl is the best for sound.
We thought we should buy a CD player and also purchase a new turntable so that we could still play our vinyl collection.
Money was a bit tight at the time and so we bought a music system from a catalogue so that we could pay monthly and also get some commission back as we went.
We decided to justify this spend by buying it as a joint Christmas present for the two of us.
The CD player was a better and more expensive purchase than the turntable but at this time we couldn’t actually find many turntables. I think recently they have become popular once again because many with music lovers now seem to want to play vinyl rather than CDs or downloads. Or perhaps just to have another choice.
My husband chose the Bush MTT2 turntable.
I cannot remember how much we paid for this item.
The turntable has lasted very well.
It has a smoky black hard plastic lid and the rest of it is mainly a smart looking silver colour.
The turntable is simple to use. It plays 45rpms (7 inch vinyl singles) and 33rpms (12 inch albums).
Only one record at a time can be played.
It has a volume control.
My overall opinion on the Bush MTT2 turntable is that it is a decent but basic turntable but the sound of the vinyl records does sound good when played through our speakers.
The Bush MTT2 turntable is an attractive silver grey and was easy to set up and unpack due to good clear instructions. The belt drive is already installed as is the conic tip stylus in the generic MM cartridge supplied and mounted in an S shaped arm.
The adjustment between 33 rpm and 45 rpm is a single button separated from an on off switch. The arm lift functioned easily and steadily although it is a little fast in operation.
Sound quality is overall good although the original cartridge is intended for amateur DJ mixing and is sibilant on extended highs. With a high quality cartridge exchange the sound was exceptional, no hum or crosstalk with impressive midrange on jazz and classical.
The built in preamplifier does the job adequately the only mild disappointment a sharp roll of below 100 Hz, probably to protect smaller speakers . A switchable pre amplifier would be a good upgrade . An excellent turntable when related to others available at the very reasonable price point.